Kevin Maguire is Associate Editor (Politics) on the Daily Mirror and author of our Commons Confidential column on the high politics and low life in Westminster. An award-winning journalist, he is in frequent demand on television and radio and co-authored a book on great parliamentary scandals. He was formerly Chief Reporter on the Guardian and Labour Correspondent on the Daily Telegraph.
Miliband buys normal shampoo and doesn’t use a hairdryer. When a trim is needed, a male hairdresser pops into his Commons office and is out within 15 minutes.
John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness who chairs the Blairite faction, was accused by the wobbly one’s praetorian guard of stirring the pot.
Cameron is paranoid his spreading bald spot will be photographed from above.
George’s back should be bleeding from the number of Tory knives plunged into him.
Tory turncoat Douglas Carswell has opted to sit in the Commons chamber on the front bench below the gangway populated by the socialist heckler tendency.
“It was like Anne Frank blowing a kiss to Hitler,” said Paul O’Grady.
Ministerial colleagues accused Danny Alexander of treating those he considers his inferiors with contempt.
Plus: the latest from the party conferences.
Whatever happened to flat beer and warm white wine? Oh, I’ve just remembered – they’ll be at the studiously unfashionable Ukip conference in Doncaster.
Plus: mastication continues to gnaw away at Ed Miliband.
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